Supervisory Librarian

Bethesda, Maryland
Jan 12, 2022
Jan 17, 2022
Full Time

As a Supervisory Librarian, you will:

Plans, directs, and provides strategic leadership for cataloging and metadata management and mapping services for biomedical literature and other resources acquired for the NLM collection, including the creation and maintenance of authoritative bibliographic and authority records according to national standards.

Oversees the development and preparation of cataloging policy statements and definitions.

Keeps informed of new cataloging rules and techniques and as applicable, introduces them into NLM workflows and procedures.

With the assistance of subordinate supervisors, plans, directs and supervises the activities of approximately 20 professional librarians, technical information specialists and library technical support personnel engaged in cataloging and providing metadata management and mapping services.

Evaluates subordinates; makes effective selection recommendations for subordinate personnel; hears group grievances, serious employee complaints and disciplinary problems and takes initiative to resolve them.

Directs Section participation in the development, improvement and use of automation support for cataloging and metadata management functions.

Distributes machine-readable records in MARC, XML, as linked data, and other standard community formats.

Oversees the development, maintenance, and publication of the NLM Classification .

Serves as a technical authority and spokesperson on NLM cataloging, metadata and classification services, policies, and procedures.

Participates in national and international bibliographic control programs and standards development.

Represents the Library to various professional groups and organizations and develops and maintains contacts with key officials of the Library of Congress, OCLC, and other libraries and information centers.

Provides appropriate responses to recommendations or requests from service units and library users.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship requirement or proof of being a U.S. National must be met by closing date.
  • Employment is subject to the successful completion of a background investigation, verification of qualifications, completion of onboarding forms, submission of required documents, and any other job-related requirement before or after appointment.
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Position requires Education (if applicable)


In order to qualify for a Supervisory Librarian, GS-1410 position at the GS-14 level, you must have:

A. successfully completed at least 1 full academic year of graduate study in library science in an accredited college or university, in addition to completion of all work required for a bachelor's degree in any field; OR

B. a total of at least 5 years of combined college-level education, training, and/or experience. This education, training, and/or experience must have provided you with a knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles, and techniques of professional librarianship; knowledge of literature resources; and the knowledge and abilities essential for providing effective library and information services.

In addition to the above, in order to qualify for a Librarian position at the GS-14 level, you must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: providing the delivery of a wide variety of library services that require searching beyond readily accessible sources of information in a biomedical or health science environment; evaluating and assessing existing and new library services to ensure that user needs are met; performing specialized cataloging, classification and subject analysis and serials and collection access functions in a library or information center; identifying, developing and recommending policies, programs and methods to improve library efficacy; designing, evaluating and implementing search and retrieval systems for databases, websites or other library systems.

You will receive credit for all experience material to the position, including experience gained in religious, civic, welfare, service, and organizational activities, regardless of whether you received pay.
Do not copy and paste the duties, specialized experience, or occupational assessment questionnaire from this announcement into your resume as that will not be considered a demonstration of your qualifications for this position.

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This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades). Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education .

If you qualify based on education in lieu of specialized experience, you are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application packages. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer. Click here for information on Foreign Education .

Additional information

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .
  • As a condition of employment, all federal employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. During the onboarding process, if selected, you must provide proof of vaccination. An official job offer and continued employment is contingent on this requirement. For more information on this requirement, visit the Safer Federal Workforce page on vaccines. If you need a COVID-19 vaccine, please visit .
  • Due to COVID-19, we are currently operating in a maximum telework state. If selected, you may be expected to telework. As employees to return to the office, you may be required to report to the location listed on this announcement within 30 calendar days of receiving notice, even if your home/temporary telework site is located outside the local commuting area. At the discretion of the supervisor and NIH policy, you may be eligible for workplace flexibilities, which may include remote work or telework options, and/or flexible work scheduling. These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with NIH Workplace Flexibilities guidance.
  • This position is designated as a " non-emergency/teleworker " position and the selected candidate will be considered a " non-emergency/teleworker " employee. In the event of a closure, you must be available to telework or request leave.
  • At the supervisor's discretion, this position may offer work schedule flexibilities : [telework, flexible schedules].
  • A newly appointed or reappointed employee may receive service credit for prior work experience or active duty uniformed service that otherwise would not be creditable for the purpose of determining his or her annual leave accrual rate. All creditable service must be directly related to the duties of the position being filled and decisions to allow for such credit must be finalized prior to the selectee's entrance on duty. Recipients will be determined on a case-by-case basis based on organizational need, specific case justification, and budget limitations.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement.
  • PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps should apply online to this announcement to receive consideration
  • We may make additional selections for similar positions within the commuting area(s) of the locations listed through this vacancy announcement. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with any interested selecting official(s). Clearance of CTAP/ICTAP will be applied for similar positions.
  • The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program ( E-Verify ). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.
  • The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus.
  • Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Visit our Applicant FAQs page for helpful information on the application process.
  • Visit our Total Compensation page for a detailed look into the benefits, awards, leave, retirement and other incentives employees may receive as part of a rewarding work environment.

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